Mathieu van der Poel (Alpecin-Fenix) took his next Tour of Flanders title on Sunday, beating Dylan van Baarle (Ineos Grenadiers) and Valentin Madouas (Grouoama-FDJ) in a spectacular last sprint.
The Dutchman won a 4-guy dash after going clear with Tadej Pogačar (UAE Group Emirates) on the remaining ascent of the Oude Kwaremont.
A chaotic finale saw van Baarle and Madouas rejoin the leaders as they hesitated on the ending straight.
Pogačar was then the rider to pass up out on a podium location on his debut at the Tour of Flanders.
It caps off a good 7 days for van der Poel after successful at Dwars doorway Vlaanderen on Wednesday.
HOW IT Occurred
The Tour of Flanders may well be the youngest of the monuments but what it lacks in age, it will make up for in amusement and ambiance.
A 272km route that can take in 18 climbs, also acknowledged as ‘Hellingen’, leaves Antwerp and heads southwest to be a part of a relentless circuit of cobbles and bergs just before finishing in Oudenaarde.
Close to 15km right after the flag was dropped in the outskirts of Antwerp, a nine-male break was fashioned.
Sébastien Grignard (Lotto-Soudal), Taco van der Hoorn (Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux), Stan Dewulf (AG2R Citroën), Manuele Boaro (Astana Qazaqstan Workforce), Tom Bohli (Cofidis), Max Kanter (Movistar), Luca Mozzato (B&B Lodges-KTM), Mathijs Paasschens (Bingoal Pauwels Sauces WB) and Lindsay De Vylder (Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise) appeared to induce an upset at the 2nd monument of the year.
Amid the breakaway formation, a single of the race favourites, Tadej Pogačar, observed himself on the deck just after a low-pace crash.
Fortuitously, the Slovenian talisman was quickly again on his bike, unhindered by the collision.
The escapees constructed up a hole of over four minutes by the time they 1st achieved the Oude Kwaremont, with the narrow roadways packed a few or four deep with passionate Belgians.
As the riders took in the very first few bergs and the pace increased, crashes arrived thick and quickly, however most of the race favourites managed to remain protected at the front of the bunch.
Numerous assaults on the Molenberg and the Berendries observed a 14-person team of chasers pull very clear, including Ben Turner (Ineos Grenadiers) and Mads Pedersen (Trek-Segafredo).
Again in the peloton, UAE Group Emirates and TotalEnergies ended up pressured to pace just after failing to get any riders in the assaults.
With 81km to go, a crash in the bunch noticed Christophe Laporte (Jumbo-Visma) finish up in a ditch, denting his chances for later on in the working day.
As the race reached the Kanarieberg, the race had just about arrive again together as a moment divided the entrance of the race and the peloton.
On the other hand, as the Oude Kwaremont was taken on for a second time, time-gaps dwindled fast as Pogačar built his move from the pack.
The remnants of the early split and the chasing team were being swallowed up as the Slovenian weaved as a result of the riders struggling on the eleventh berg of the day.
With 50km to go, a group of all around 25 riders that provided Pogačar, Tom Pidcock (Ineos Grenadiers) and van der Poel , raced up the Paterberg at a ferocious tempo.
Dylan van Baarle and Fred Wright (Bahrain-Victorious) then attacked, producing a gap of 20 seconds by the time they arrived at the Koppenberg.
The race arrived to lifetime listed here as the brutal gradients allowed for Pogačar, van der Poel and Madouas to crack off from the team at the rear of and quickly bridge about to the leaders.
The team of 5 developed up a gap of just below a minute as they arrived at the foot of the Oude Kwaremont for the ultimate time.
Nevertheless at the time again, Pogačar simply upped the pace, dropping all people other than for Mathieu van der Poel on the penultimate climb of the working day.
As the duo reached the Paterberg, which had gradients of 20% in destinations, neither rider could fall the other, with a dash end searching unavoidable.
The rain started to pour in Oudenaarde as the pair approached the flamme rouge and the game titles then commenced.
Even so, the duo have been far too hesitant in the final 500m, and allowed for Madouas and van Baarle to bridge around.
Once van der Poel finally commenced to sprint while, there was no a person that could match him.
In a baffling change of functions, van Baarle and Madouas then managed to outsprint Pogačar, using next and third respectively.
TOUR OF FLANDERS 2022: Antwerp – Oudenaarde (272km)
1. Mathieu van der Poel (Ned) Alpecin-Fenix, in 6-18-30
2. Dylan van Baarle (Ned) Ineos Grenadiers
3. Valentin Madouas (Fra) Groupama-FDJ
4. Tadej Pogačar (Slo) UAE Group Emirates, all at identical time
5. Stefan Küng (Swi) Groupama-FDJ, at 2 seconds
6. Dylan Teuns (Bel) Bahrain-Victorious
7. Fred Wright (GBr) Bahrain-Victorious, at 11s
8. Mads Pedersen (Den) Trek-Segafredo, at 48s
9. Christophe Laporte (Fra) Jumbo-Visma
10. Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux, at similar time